day 403 – four thank yous

This is the final post of four things on http://www.fourfortheday.com but the site will remain open with updates on the things to come.

This has been a truly amazing year with this project. From day one I knew when I was organizing my studio and seeing how many small collections of things I kept and really loved, to Allison Sommers first post on January 2nd 2011, and in early November when all weeks had been assigned, and now when everything is all said and done that the concept of this project was something people really enjoy. We love our stuff and other peoples as well.

I can’t thank the Guest Editor’s enough for making this what it is. It takes courage to expose the things we hold onto. The Guest Editor’s did it and the internet has found out a little more about each of them.

I encourage everyone to keep checking back to find out what is next for this little project. My hope is a bound book and art exhibition. But I am open to other possibilites.

My humble thank you to everyone who made this possible and the collectors around the world, past, present, and future.

Happy New Year.

s. arden hill


day 387 – four plants in my room

Clockwise from top left:
1. Avocado
2. Ficus microcarpa
3. Pachira
4. Thai basil

I don’t know why, but Thai basil is not doing well from the beginning of winter. Lack of sun light? It’s been put under the same condition as others. Does anyone know what I should do to Thai basil?


day 384 – four paintings that i bought in india

I haven’t “studied” art since I graduated from art school about five years ago. My education in that field has been through my own art practice, meeting people, seeing other people’s works at galleries, museums, books, and very often through various online sources.

Today I’m presenting four paintings that blew my mind when I went to India in 2009. They were so impressive that I bought and brought them back to Canada for my education. If you click on the images below, you can see high-resolution version of them with a lot of intricate details. My own artworks have been quite a bit more intricate and detail-oriented since I encountered these paintings. You’ll know what I mean if you enlarge those images, so click click, click on the images!

Sorry for the reflection/glare on the glass surfaces. I didn’t go the extra mile to set them up to reduce it when I photographed them at home.

The paintings above are a diptych.

Left:
Portrait of Mumtaz Mahal (Shah Jahan’s Wife) in the Palace with Taj Mahal as Background
Paint, cut ruby and emerald on carved composite board made of camel bone powder
305mm x 230mm (framed: 410mm x 480mm)
Circa 1990-2009 India

Right:
Portrait of Shah Jahan in the Palace with Taj Mahal as Background
Paint, cut ruby and emerald on carved composite board made of camel bone powder
305mm x 230mm (framed: 410mm x 480mm)
Circa 1990-2009 India

 

Left:
Portrait of Tibetan Deity Samvara (painted by a Buddhist monk)
Paint and gold leaf on prepared cloth
650mm x 482mm (framed: 753mm x 590mm)
Circa 1990 – 2009 Tibet

Right:
Portrait of Tibetan Buddhist Guru Padmasambhava (painted by a Buddhist monk)
Paint and gold leaf on prepared cloth
587mm x 481mm (framed: 707mm x 604mm)
Circa 1990 – 2009 Tibet


day 383 – four glass objects to be used in my sculpture

Not all, but some components of my sculptures are ready-made items. These ready-made and semi-altered glass pieces will appear in my work in the future.


day 382 – four taiwanese teas

My wife’s uncle who lives in Taipei, Taiwan is a tea connoisseur. We get a variety of local teas sent from him from time to time. Taking a moment to steep and pour the tea is such a relaxing ritual – especially in a cold winter day. When I was in Taiwan this spring, I had a brief lesson from the uncle about a proper way of making tea, so I’m (almost) confident about what I’m doing!

Gold-colored brewed tea (left) and whole-leaf green tea being steeped (right)


Guest Editor’s Profile – Takashi Iwasaki

Takashi Iwasaki

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
http://takashiiwasaki.info

In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/or living area) look like? please describe.
— Studio and residence combined all in one. Well-organized and comfortable enough for me, but may not look so by others. One room has been a pure storage with boxes for the past year.
Where do you normally get your things?
— Art supply stores, craft supply stores, hobby stores, fabric stores, hardware stores, second-hand stores

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
—Various species of wood, interestingly shaped glass objects, embroidery floss


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